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Crew 54, Pilot Lloyd George Scharer – 462 Squadron RAAF

 

 

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Crew 54, 462 Squadron, Foulsham, Norfolk

Pilot: Lloyd George SCHARER 402673 RAAF
Navigator: Anthony George John CHANDLER 107985 RAFVR
Bomb Aimer: John Anthony STEWART 409246 RAAF
Wireless Operator: Isaac John BROWN 983206 RAFVR
Flight Engineer: John Laurence LAKIN 2221256 RAFVR & others
Mid-Upper Gunner: E JOHNSON 1333372 RAFVR
Rear Gunner: D R SMITH 1616243 RAFVR

Special Duties: WINDOW Dispensers, Foulsham
Special Duties: RCM, Foulsham
Links to additional crew information; and Crew Ops;
and Honours and Awards.

Reference sources – Australian WW2 Nominal Roll; The National Archives of Australia (RAAF Service Files; 462 Squadron Operational Record Book; Movement of 462 Squadron Series A2217); London Gazette, RAF Lists.

 

 

Lloyd George Scharer 402673 RAAF, later 462 Squadron, Foulsham
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9300, 402673

Above: Lloyd George SCHARER 402673 RAAF; photo at rank of Leading Aircraftman – sometime between 09 Nov 1940 (promoted to LAC) and 06 May 1941 (promoted to Sergeant).

 

 

Pilot

Name: Lloyd George SCHARER
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 402673
Date of Birth: 19 July 1917
Place of Birth: Temora, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 18 September 1940
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Mary SCHARER
Date of Discharge: 05 July 1946
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: RAAF HQ (D Photo & Survey)
Honours and Gallantry: Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War: No

Navigator

Name: Anthony George John CHANDLER
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 107985 (previously 1165326)
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date and Place of Enlistment: ..... *
Next of Kin: .....
Posting from 462 Squadron: Jun 1945
Rank at Posting from 462 Squadron: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: .....
Prisoner of War: No

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers: No. 1150001 to No. 1250000 were allocated from April 1940 at Cardington. This batch includes 1165326 for CHANDLER.

 

Bomb Aimer

Name: John Anthony STEWART
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 409246
Date of Birth: 07 July 1920
Place of Birth: Northcote, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 20 July 1941
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: Thelma STEWART
Date of Discharge: 04 December 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: Overseas HQ RAAF London
Prisoner of War: No

2 Photos of STEWART – below left, and below as F/O

 

 

John Anthony Stewart 409246 RAAF, later 462 Squadron, Foulsham
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9300, 409246

John Anthony STEWART 409246 RAAF, possibly at or soon after enlistment on 20 July 1941.

 

 

Flying Officer John Anthony Stewart 409246 RAAF, later 462 Squadron, Foulsham
Photo from the National Archives of Australia: A9300, 409246

Flying Officer John Anthony STEWART 409246 RAAF, sometime between 26 Feb 1944 (promoted to F/O) and 26 Feb 1945 (Acting Flight Lieutenant), somewhere in the UK (either 21 OTU, or 41 Base, or 462 Squadron).

 

Wireless Operator

Name: Isaac John BROWN
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 983206 / 198025
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date and Place of Enlistment: ..... *
Next of Kin: .....
Posting from 462 Squadron: June 1945
Rank at Posting from 462 Squadron: Pilot Officer
Posting at Discharge: .....
Prisoner of War: No

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers: No. 965000 to No. 1149977 were allocated from September 1939 at Padgate. This batch includes 983206 for BROWN.

 

 

Flight Engineer

Name: John Laurence LAKIN
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 2221256 / 198307
Date and Place of Birth: .....
Date and Place of Enlistment: ..... *
Next of Kin: .....
Date of Posting from 462 Squadron: September 1945
Rank at Posting from 462 Squadron: Pilot Officer
Posting at Discharge: .....
Prisoner of War: No

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers: No. 2220001 to No. 2225000 were allocated from October 1942 at Birmingham. This batch includes 2221256 for LAKIN.

Name: James TYLER
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 54867 (prev 636564)
Date and Place of Birth: .....
Date and Place of Enlistment: ..... *
Next of Kin: .....
Date of Posting from 462 Squadron: March 1945
Rank at Posting from 462 Squadron: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: .....
Prisoner of War: No

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers: No. 610000 to No. 654720 were allocated from March 1938 for civilians (sic). This batch includes 636564 for TYLER.

 

Mid-Upper Gunner

Name: E JOHNSON
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 1333372 (?)
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date and Place of Enlistment: ..... *
Next of Kin: .....
Posting from 462 Squadron: June 1945
Rank at Posting from 462 Squadron: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: .....
Prisoner of War: No

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers: No. 1330001 to No. 1340000 were allocated from November 1940 at Uxbridge and Weston-super-Mare. This batch includes 1333372 for JOHNSON.

 

Rear Gunner

Name: D R SMITH
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 1616243
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date and Place of Enlistment: ..... *
Next of Kin: .....
Posting from 462 Squadron: June 1945
Rank at Posting from 462 Squadron: Flight Sergeant
Posting at Discharge: .....
Prisoner of War: No

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers: No. 1610001 to No. 1649900 were allocated from October 1941 at Cardington. This batch includes 1616243 for SMITH.

 

Special Duties, WINDOW – Foulsham

This crew carried out 12 ops with WINDOW dispenser.

T GODSALL, 1579155 RAFVR (MU/AG) x 1 Op
A F CLARK J.29686 RCAF (B/A) x 2 Ops [or J F ?]
Frank William HALE 1377927 RAFVR (W/OP) x 1 Op
Michael Patrick TOOHEY 429056 RAAF x 2 Ops
James Wallis KIMBER 436523 x 1 Op
Leonard John MONGAN 427836 RAAF (MU/AG) x 1 Op
E D TISDELL 432388 RAAF x 1 Op (later KIA in LODDER Crew)
Francis William WESTON 432299 RAAF ( W/OP) x 1 Op
Maurice Kevin MOORE 432059 RAAF x 1 Op
George Sandford KING 436814 RAAF x 1 Op

Further information on Special Duties – WINDOW page, including photos of TISDELL, TOOHEY, and MOORE. Some of the above were substitutions from other crews (names and usual trade in italics).

Special Duties RCM – Foulsham

This crew carried out 1 RCM Op with

Leslie PUGH 165109 RAFVR

Further information on Special Duties – RCM page;
then scroll down (surnames alphabetical)

No photo of PUGH – if you can assist, please make contact.

 

 

 

Additional Crew Information – sourced from RAAF Service Files A9300, and 462 Squadron ORB, and Series A2217 (all from NAA); Australian War Memorial, Australian WW2 Nominal Roll, Trove (NLA – National Library of Australia); London Gazette, RAF Lists, and other sources as noted in the text.

December 1944 – SCHARER and the nucleus of his crew were posted TO the squadron, however none of this crew were recorded in the Forms 540 Postings for December 1944 or January 1945. F/Lt SCHARER and F/O STEWART were noted in a separate "Personnel Occurrence Report – RAAF Officers" as being posted from 74 Base with effective date 30 Dec 1944. It is probable that all members of this crew were posted to the squadron on the same date.
F/Eng TYLER was posted to 462 Squadron in January 1945 (Form 540), but apparently not as a member of any crew.
In the Combat report (see later section in Crew Ops) the two gunners list prior training – R/AG SMITH at 10 OTU and 1652 HCU; MU/AG JOHNSON at 15 OTU and 20 OTU, and 1652 HCU.
It is possible that the crew was posted to 462 Squadron from 1652 HCU, Marston Moor, with previous training at Acaster Malbis.

Navigator CHANDLER, Bomb Aimer STEWART, and Wireless Operator BROWN flew on all Ops with this crew, with no substitutions.
Mid-Upper Gunner JOHNSON and Rear Gunner SMITH also flew on all Ops with this crew, with no substitutions, however for the last Op their names had been transposed in the ORB, but their Service Numbers were listed in their usual crew position – so possibly just a clerical error, not an actual swap of duty/turret.
F/Eng LAKIN flew on Ops 1, 2, 6, then 8 to 13 inclusive – total 9 Ops with this Crew, but he also flew with other crews to catch-up to 13 Ops – one Op as F/Eng with SHERREN Crew 50, and 3 ops with BRITT Crew 47 (2 Ops as F/Eng and 1 as SD-W). He may be seen in a photo with the BRITT crew.
F/Eng TYLER flew on Ops 4, 5, and 7 – and one Op as F/Eng with BRITT, total 4 Ops, and was posted from 462 Squadron in March 1945.
F/Eng MURRAY flew with this crew for one Op only. He flew a total of 23 Ops with various (11) crews – 20 Ops as F/Eng and 3 as SD-W. MURRAY may be seen in a crew photo with SHANNON Crew 01.

 

Pilot: Lloyd George SCHARER 402673 RAAF – Award of Distnguished Flying Cross, details in later section

Service details to be added – please visit again

 

 

Navigator: Anthony George John CHANDLER 107985 RAFVR – London Gazette, and RAF Lists

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Bomb Aimer: John Anthony STEWART 409246 RAAF – information from RAAF Service File A9300 (NAA), Aus WW2 Nominal Roll.

Naming errors in ORB as STEWERT, and STAWERT.
Some events vary by date on different documents.

22 Nov 1940 – Enrolment in the RAAF RESERVE, Enlistment Offices, Melbourne; age 20y and 4m; Date of Birth, 07 Jul 1920, single, British subject, of Northcote Vic; religion Roman Catholic; no previous or current military service; current trade – Linesman (Junior), employed by State Electricity Comm., Melbourne; no civil convictions; home address 64 Claremont Ave, Malvern, Victoria. Height 5 ft 7.5 inches; weight 9 st 4 lb (130lb); 6/6 vision; Ishihara colour vision safe; 20/20 hearing; some scars; Medical Category A1B, A3B – Fit for aircrew; Oath sworn and signed 22 Nov 1940.

20 Jul 1941 – Enlistment in the RAAF at 1 Recruiting Centre (1 RC), Melbourne; for General Duties; for duration of War plus 12 months; age 21yrs; details as for Enrolment in RESERVE; employed as Linesman with State Electricity Commission; next-of-kin listed as K W STEWART (brother). Extract of Birth Certificate dated Aug 1939, listed his parents as Cecil Clyde STEWART and Charlotte May (nee BRIERTY)
20 Jul 1941 – Allocated RAAF Service Number 409246
20 Jul 1941 – Classified as Aircraftman 2 (AC2)
20 Jul 1941 – Mustered as Aircrew V (P)
20 Jul 1941 – Posted to 4 Initial Training School (4 ITS), Victor Harbour (sic, Victor Harbor), South Australia
20 Jul 1941 – Initial Aircrew training at 4 ITS to 10 Oct 1941

09 Sep 1941 – Re-mustered as Aircrew V (P)

07 Oct 1941 – At 4 ITS, awarded 3 days Confined to Barracks and forfeiture of 1 day’s pay [but no indication of reason for this punishment – however, it can’t have been serious, as it did not affect his future Commission and promotions].

10 Oct 1941 – Leave, to 15 Oct 1941
11 Oct 1941 – Promoted to Leading Aircraftman (LAC)
11 Oct 1941 – Re-mustered as Aircrew II (P)

14 or 15 Oct 1941 – Posted to 7 Elementary Flying Training School (7 EFTS), Western Junction, Tasmania (ex-leave)
10 Oct 1941 (?) – Elementary Flying at 7 EFTS, to 10 Dec 1941; No 18 (O) Course – PASS

11 Dec 1941 – Posted to 2 Embarkation Depot (2 ED), Bradfield Park, Sydney, NSW
26 or 27 Dec 1941 – Posted/Attached to SHQ, 1 Service Flying Training School (1 SFTS), Point Cook, Vic, to 21 Feb 1942

21 Feb 1942 – Posted to 11 EFTS, Benalla, Vic
22 Feb 1942 – Refresher Course at 11 EFTS, to 07 Mar 1942

07 or 08 Mar 1942 – Re-posted to 1 SFTS, Point Cook, Vic
07 Mar 1942 – Service Flying at 1 SFTS, to 30 Apr 1942

30 Apr 1942 – Re-mustered as Aircrew II (O)
29 or 30 Apr 1942 – Posted to 2 Air Observers School (2 AOS), Mt Gambier, South Aus.
30 Apr 1942 – Observers Course at 2 AOS, to 27 Jul 1942, No 24 (O) Course – PASS

26 or 27 Jul 1942 – Posted to 2 Bombing and Gunnery School (2 BAGS), Port Pirie, South Aus
27 Jul 1942 – Bombing and Gunnery, at 2 BAGS, to 24 Sep 1942, No 24 (O) Course – PASS

15 Sep 1942 – Awarded Flying Badge – Air Observer’s Badge at 2 BAGS

27 or 28 Sep 1942 – Posted to 2 Air Navigation School (2 ANS), Nhill, Vic
28 Sep 1942 – Astro-Navigation at 2 ANS, to 15 Oct 1942, No 24 (O) Course – PASS

15 Oct 1942 – Promoted to Rank of Sergeant
15 Oct 1942 – Re-mustered as Air Observer
16 Oct 1942 – Pre-embarkation Leave, to 22 Oct 1942
23 Oct 1942 – Posted to 1 ED, Ascot Vale, Vic

02 Nov 1942 – Attached to RAF (to 05 Nov 1945) (not RCAF as recorded in error)
02 Nov 1942 – Embarked Melbourne for the UK (not Canada as recorded in error)
16 Dec 1942 – Disembarked in UK
16 Dec 1942 – Posted to 3 Personnel Reception Centre (3 PRC) Bournemouth, UK

12 Jan 1943 – Posted to 14 Operational Training Unit (14 O T U), RAF Cottesmore, England
12 Jan 1943 – Operational training at 14 O T U, England, to 09 Apr 1943

25 Jan 1943 – Re-mustered as Navigator ‘B’

15 Apr 1943 – Promoted to rank of Flight Sergeant

20 Apr 1943 – Posted to 420 Squadron, Operational duties
01 June 1943 – Transferred from UK to North Africa
01 June 1943 – Posted to 420 Squadron, North Africa, Operational duties
05 Aug 1943 – Admission to 331 Wing Sick Quarters; 10 days sick leave until 14 Aug 1943, while posted at 420 Squadron, North Africa (no other details)

25 Aug 1943 – Discharged as Airman on being granted a Commission
26 Aug 1943 – Commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer

06 Nov 1943 – Transferred from North Africa to UK
06 Nov 1943 – Posted to 420 Squadron, UK
11 Dec 1943 – Posted to 21 Operational Training Unit (21 O T U), Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, “screened” (tour expired, non-operational Instructional duties)

26 Feb 1944 – Promotion to Flying Officer

10 July 1944 – Marriage – Next-of-kin changed to wife Thelma Joan STEWART, The Guest House, London Rd, Retford, Notts; later at 5 Lawford Rd, Moordown, Bournemouth, England
Additional person to notify of Casualty – K W STEWART (brother), of Malvern, Vic

27 Oct 1944 – Posted to 41 Base (Acaster Malbis, Aircrew Training)

30 Dec 1944 – Posted to 462 Squadron; also recorded as 02 Jan 1945 (later date possibly arrival at squadron?)

25 Feb 1945 – Re-posted to 462 Squadron as Bombing Leader
25 or 26 Feb 1945 – Promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant

15 June 1945 – Posted to RAF Gamston
02 Jul 1945 – Confidential Report (Officers), at rank of Flying Officer, in role of Acting Flight Lieutenant as Bombing Leader during posting at 462 Squadron, for period 31 Dec 1944 to 15 Jun 1945; married, wife at 5 Lawford Rd, Moordown, Bournemouth. Total flying hours 625 h 55m;
General conduct – Satisfactory; of temperate habit; all assessments assessed as 6 [(i) Zeal and energy in performance of duties; (ii) Personality, force of character, and leadership; (iii Reliability and judgment (iv) Initiative (v) Ability on present duties (vi) General standard of professional ability].
Wg/Cdr P M PAULL’s remarks on 21 June 1945 – “This officer has been acting as Bombing Leader within a squadron and has proved a very capable leader. He has had considerable experience in various units and is a keen, sound officer.”
Grp/Capt V WILLIS remarks on 25 June 1945 – “A very loyal type of officer. A very competent lecturer. Should be able to fill any bombing leader’s post.”

26 Aug 1945 – Promoted to Flight Lieutenant

Undated 1945 – Posted to 11 PDRC, OHQ, for repatriation
05 Nov 1945 – Cessation of Attachment to RAF
06 Nov 1945 – Posted to O/Seas HQ, RAAF, London
24 Nov 1945 – Termination of Appointment on demobilisation, at Overseas Headquarters, London, at rank of Flight Lieutenant

08 Feb 1946 – Certificate of Service, and Discharge as Airman (12127B); and for Officer (Cert. No. 12765) – sent to home address at 5 Lawford St, Moordown, Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

Aircraft in which flown – DH 82, Wackett, Oxford, Anson, Battle, Wellington I and X, Halifax

June 1978 – Correspondence to Air Force Records, from STEWART at Beaumaris, Vic, re the issue of medals, which had not been received – and in particular the Defence Medal and War Medal 1939-45.
July 1978 – Correct listing of Medals, as advised by Air Force Records to STEWART:-
1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Australia Service Medal 1939-45, and Returned from Active Service Badge (AF 132161)

05 Apr 2006 – Death of John Anthony STEWART at Wodonga, aged 85 (Ref: Ryerson Index)
12 Apr 2015 – Death of Thelma Joan STEWART, late of Wodonga, aged 89 (Ref: Ryerson Index)

 

Wireless Operator: Isaac John BROWN 983206 RAFVR – London Gazette, and RAF Lists

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Flight Engineer: John Laurence LAKIN 2221256 RAFVR – London Gazette, and RAF Lists
Naming error in crew's first Op in ORB, as LARKIN.

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Flight Engineer: James TYLER 54867 RAF – London Gazette, and RAF Lists

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Mid-Upper Gunner: E JOHNSON 1333372 RAFVR – his service number was usually recorded as 133372 which is apparently incorrect as it has been matched to someone else. No record of 1333372 has been located in the London Gazette, nor has a suitable match been found the the RAF list for July 1945. Naming error in crew's first Op in ORB, as JOHNSTON. All later records were as JOHNSON.
If you can assist with JOHNSON's given name, and correct service number – please make contact.

 

Rear Gunner: D R SMITH 1616243 RAFVR – No record of 1616243 has been located in the London Gazette, nor has a suitable match been found the the RAF list for July 1945. If you can assist with SMITH's given name, and correct service number – please make contact.

 

   

 

Crew Opscarried out by this crew during their posting to 462 Squadron, Foulsham, from the Operational Record Book (ORB), National Archives of Australia (NAA).

16 January 1945 – SCHARER and his usual crew carried out their first Op in Halifax MZ467 Z5-C; total of 13 Ops in 1945.

The following table lists the Ops for SCHARER and Crew 54, during January, February, March and April 1945 – 12 Ops with 8th Crewman for Special Duties – WINDOW (SD-W);
1 Op with 8th Crewman for Special Duties – Radio Counter Measures (SD-RCM).

Aircraft Serials are as listed in the Forms 541 of the ORB, from the NAA.
Aircraft Code numbers Z5- were not listed in the ORB, but were compared and cross-referenced with other sources.
Times up and down in red were night flights; times in black were daylight flights.
Target "Sylt x 9" means 9 aircraft tasked from 462 Squadron to that target, with SCHARER's crew being one of those 9 (and so on for the other dates).
Code for Op Type – SD Special Duties; SP Spoof; W WINDOW; B Bombing; I Incendiaries;

RCM Radio Counter Measures; PP Protective Patrol; MF Main Force.
Comments include the name of an 8th crew member to dispense WINDOW, or for RCM duties.

This crew did not have any early returns, had no landings away, and except for one Op when they brought back bombs due to mechanical fault, they had no other aircraft trouble (i.e. none was recorded in the ORB).

On Op 10 March 1945 – there was an enemy fight combat report, but no claim made. At 2047 hrs, in target area at height of 17,000 ft, with good visibility; first visual sighting by MU/AG W/O JOHNSON at range of 900 yards; starboard quarter, level, against light; combat manoeuvre of Corkscrew starboard; rounds fired by both MU/AG JOHNSON, and R/AG F/Sgt SMITH; no damage to bomber, or to enemy fighter, loss of 2000 ft during attack. Narrative from report transposed below (quote).....

On the night of 10th March, 1945, Halifax 'C' Serial No. MZ.467 of No. 462 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron was detailed to attack MUNSTER. While in the target area at a position 5208°N, and 0723°E., our aircraft was attacked by an unidentified T/S enemy aircraft. I. A. S. 155 K.P.H. Aircraft was seen by M/U gunner on starboard quarter level at a range of 900 feet. Corkscrew starboard was given but E/A was lost from view. 2 minutes later, e/a was again seen by R/AG dead astern at 900T. A/c closed into 700 yards and broke away to Port. Throughout this attack our a/c corkscrewed and both gunners opened fire at 800 yards down to 700 yards at breakaway, one green light was visible until e/a was lost from sight. No damage to our Bomber as e/a did not open fire. Both gunners make no claim although tracer was seen in close vicinity of enemy aircraft. The enemy a/c was also seen throughout attack on Fishpond.

Narrative signed by P/O D Farrington, for F/O F A Smith, 462 Squadron Gunnery Leader
..... (end quote)

 

 

Date Op No A/c Serial Code Z5- Up Down Target Op Type Comments
16/01/1945 1 MZ467 C 1825 2244 Sylt x 9 SD SP W WINDOW released;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
F/Sgt T GODSALL 1579155 RAFVR
22/01/1945 2 MZ467 C 1711 0050 Ruhr x 11 SD SP W WINDOW released;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
F/O A F CLARK J.29686 RCAF
01/02/1945 3 MZ447 A 1631 2246 Mannheim x 13 SD SP W B WINDOW released;
Bombs were brought back due to mechanical failure;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
F/O A F CLARK J.29686 RCAF
03/02/1945 4 MZ447 A 1640 2140 Mainz x 9 SD SPW B WINDOW released;
Bombs dropped in area;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
W/O F W HALE 1377927 RAFVR
04/02/1945 5 MZ447 A 1749 2215 Ruhr x 10 SD SP W WINDOW released;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW, F/Sgt M P TOOHEY 429056 RAAF
23/02/1945 6 MZ306 K 1745 2200 Ruhr x 9 SD SP W B I WINDOW released;
1 x 500lb Bomb and 3 x 750lb Incendiary Clusters dropped in area;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
F/Sgt J W KIMBER 436523 RAAF
27/02/1945 7 MZ306 K 1824 2206 Sylt x 7
SD SP W WINDOW released;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW, F/Sgt M P TOOHEY 429056 RAAF
01/03/1945 8 MZ306 K 1726 2305 Kaiserslautern x 5 SD SP W B I WINDOW released;
2 x 500 lb G P Bombs, and 6 x 500lb Incendiary Clusters dropped in area;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
F/Sgt L J MONGAN 427836 RAAF
05/03/1945 9 MZ431 J 1722 2313 Mannheim x 8 SD SP W I WINDOW released;
4 x 750lb Incendiary clusters dropped in area;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
F/Sgt E D TISDELL 432388 RAAF
10/03/1945 10 MZ467 C 1744 2324 Munster x 4 SD SP W I WINDOW released;
4 x 750lb and 4 x 250lb Incendiary clusters dropped in area;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
P/O F W WESTON 432299 RAAF;
Enemy fighter combat, no claim
14/03/1945 11 NR239 D 1732 2331 Weisbaden x 8 SD SP W B I WINDOW released;
4 x 500 lb G P Bombs, and 1 x No.14 Incendiary Cluster and 2 x No. 15 Incendiary Clusters dropped in area;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
F/Sgt M K MOORE 432059 RAAF
18/04/1945 12 PN426 O 1115 1459 Heligoland x 1 SD PP MF Daylight Carpet Jamming Patrol with Main Force;
Additional 9th member of crew for RCM duties,
F/O L PUGH 165109 RAFVR
19/04/1945

13

PN450 L 2058 0143 Kiel x 4 SD SP W WINDOW released;
Additional 8th member of crew to dispense WINDOW,
F/Sgt G S KING 436814 RAAF

 

Aircraft information

MZ467 Z5-C – no photo or artwork
MZ447 Z5-A – no photo or artwork; Failed to Return on 28 Feb 1945 with RATE Crew 13;
MZ306 Z5-K – photo on Halifax page
MZ431 Z5-J – photo on Halifax page
NR239 Z5-D – photo on Halifax page, and also BRITT Crew 47;
PN426 Z5-O – artwork on Halifax page
PN450 Z5-L – no photo or artwork

   

 

Honours and Awards (sourced from the Australian War Memorial, and London Gazette, and A9300 Service File)

Lloyd George SCHARER – Award of Distinguished Flying Cross

London Gazette, Issue 37324, Fri 26 October 1945 (4th Supplement to Tues 23 October 1945), page 5236
Air Ministry, 26 October 1945
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards .....
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE .....
Distinguished Flying Cross
Acting Squadron Leader .....

Lloyd George SCHARER (Aus.402673) 462 (R.A.A.F.) Sqn.

Also published in the Commonwealth of Australian Gazette on 15 November 1945, page 2459.

The DFC Card at the Australian War Memorial (copy below), records that S/Ldr Lloyd George SCHARER, 402673 RAAF, was initially presented with his Distinguished Flying Cross by Registered Post, with a Personal letter from His Majesty.
However, it was returned 21 April 1948 for later presentation in England (on 27 May 1948 ?).

The Citation on the Card reads ..... "Courage & devotion to duty on numerous operations."

 

Lloyd George Scharer 402673 - Distinguished Flying Cross card at Australian War Memorial.
Australian War Memorial, ref RCDIG1068967

 

The detailed Citation (carbon copy in his RAAF Service File A9300, page 21) is transcribed below.
......... start of Citation transcription, as originally typed.

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AR FORCE

HONOURS AND AWARDS

DISTNGUISHED FLYING CROSS

SQUADRON LEADER LLOYD GEORGE SCHARER (402673)

CITATION:

           Squadron Leader SCHARER has completed numerous
operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has
invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

           

PRIVATE ADDRESS: Evonlode Road, MORETON-IN-MARSH, ENGLAND.

......... end of Citation transcription.

 

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